The break for Euro 2016 qualifying gave us all time to consider our Fantasy Football options and tweak our sides as the Premier League returns. For plenty of people in the Power Tower office it also gave us the chance to finally axe Stoke’s Bojan Krkic who has been as helpful as a bag of rotting fruit thus far.
To try to help and strengthen the squad after the midweek break and make up some ground on the leaders, we’ve once again turned to the traders to find out what are pricing is predicting this week.
- Who will be bagging you a clean sheet this weekend? All the latest odds are just a click away: Desktop | Mobile
Manchester United’s home tie with QPR on Sunday makes them the most likely team to keep a clean sheet this weekend along with Chelsea who face Swansea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. Unfortunately that means that mythical managers will be required to fork out a fair few quid to get their key men, but in this instance it could be worth it.
Top of the shopping list if money is no objection, is Branislav Ivanovic. The Chelsea defender is a Fantasy Football God, and although he’ll set you back 7.2 in the game, he already has two goals and an assist to go with one clean sheet in just three games. Throw on top of that five bonus points, and he’s your man. Only Tottenham’s Eric Dier has won more points overall than Ivanovic this year.
Slightly lower down the pecking order Man United’s new signing Rojo and Chelsea’s Cesar Azpilicueta will both set you back 6.0 but are both likely to start, while Phil Jones is a slightly riskier, but cheaper alternative at 5.5. The extent of a hamstring injury suffered on England duty is still a little unsure.
If you’re really struggling to scrape the pennies together this week Nathaniel Clyne at 5.1 is the bargain signing you need. Southampton are the fourth most likely team to keep a clean sheet thanks to a home tie against Newcastle on Saturday. Clyne already has 19 points this season thanks to a goal, an assist and a clean sheet for the Saints already.
In midfield there’s three Chelsea players in the top four lads most likely to score but none of them have as many fantasy points this year as Raheem Sterling. The Liverpool youngster has two goals, an assist and three bonus points to his name this season, and with Daniel Sturridge out injured there will be even more emphasis on his attacking threat this weekend. Liverpool face Aston Villa at home on Saturday night and Sterling is well worth splashing out 8.7 for.
Sterling’s team-mate Steven Gerrard may also be worth considering at a slightly more expensive 8.9. The Liverpool captain grabbed a goal against Tottenham before having a cheeky little rest courtesy of international retirement. This weekend he’s back against Aston Villa, a side he has scored more against than any other team with 13. He’s also bagged three in his last four appearances against the Villains.
Up top and Diego Costa is deemed the most likely player to score this weekend after finding the net in each of Chelsea’s three games this year. He’s the highest scoring striker this season with 24 points but will set you back a whopping 10.6 if you want to try to wedge him into your team for Swansea’s trip to the Bridge. Falcao is even more expensive at 11.0 for new club man United, although his record of a goal every 111 minutes since he started playing league football in Europe has plenty of appeal.
Of the top 10 most likely strikers to find the net, Graziano Pelle is one of the cheapest options. The Southampton front man opened his account against West Ham in Gameweek three and Saints fans will be looking for him to kick on at home to Newcastle. At 7.5 he might be a slightly better alternative at a cheaper price if you’re looking to freshen up your striking options.